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Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary School5
Posted May 28, 2014
- a parent
This school is the best in the region. Current Title 1 Achievement Award winner. Single grade K-8 classrooms with average 15 students per class. A Full- time Special Education teacher. Home to school bus service provided in 3 New buses. Before school (7am) and After school (to 6pm) child care for commuters. A 3 and 4 year old preschool. First school in the district to have SmartBoards in every classroom (2 years ago!) A computerlab. ChromeBooks for almost every student. Professional Kitchen and salad bar serving fresh and healthy food. Indoor basketball gymnasium. A positive,supportive and forward thinking administration staff backing up hard working and committed teachers. Two field trips per class per year minimum. Dedicated parent and staff driven Parents Club generates thousands in annual donations going right back to the kids. Every teacher and every staff member knows every student. Major $1M remodel/renewal project 7 years ago with playground upgrades following that. Team sports include Football, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball. Award winning Choir and Band (including instruments) available to all students 4th-8th grade. We've had kids at Marcum for 9 years so far.
I would not recommend this school to any parent considering it strongly. If you want your child to grow up with integrity, you won't find it here. Most teachers at this school are there to collect a paycheck. There is also nepitism from administration to staff, so accountability is not relavant because it's who you know, not what you know. I agree with one of the reviews below about being from the town originally, but that does not matter either. This school is worried about warm bodies for the seats and gossip. They could care less about academics.
I'm so glad I pulled my children out of this school. I know everyone says it has a wonderful small town atmosphere, but only if you are from that small town. Maybe 2 or 3 teachers are good, the rest I would not recommend. If you want your kids to be behind academically, then I would recommend this school.
This is a great school with a wonderful small town atmosphere. All of the students are caring and strive to help each student achieve greatness. My students always feel safe, cared for, and challenged.
Marcum is poised to have its students achieve great things. New facilities, new teachers, and a new principal all mean great new energy with a commitment to excellence. The Board is focused on individual achievement for every student. The school staff and community are supportive.